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Omya presents innovative tablet concepts with calcium and vitamins


9th January 2019
Omya, a leading manufacturer of mineral ingredients, has developed two new tablet concepts which were introduced at Health ingredients Europe 2018. Omyasprint is an orally disintegrating tablet (ODT) based on the excipient Omyapharm® and vitamin B12. Omyabone is a chewable tablet containing Calcipur® as the active ingredient, as well as vitamins K2 and D3 from the company’s distribution portfolio. With the combined use of its proprietary calcium minerals and specialty ingredients from its wide-ranging distribution portfolio, Omya is able to provide holistic solutions for various nutraceutical concepts to meet current market demands.
 
The berry-flavoured Omyasprint prototype is aimed at cognitive and immune health, with vitamin B12 helping to reduce tiredness and fatigue. Elderly people, pregnant women and those who consume low amounts of animal-source foods are at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. As an orally disintegrating tablet, Omyasprint is designed to dissolve in the mouth within seconds without the need for water. The main challenge in ODT development is to simultaneously combine fast disintegration time, physical stability and acceptable mouthfeel with a cost-effective production process. This requires specific excipients that differ to those used in other oral dosage forms. Omyapharm®, a multifunctional mineral excipient, provides excellent carrier properties while also ensuring high mechanical stability and fast disintegration. Thanks to their mechanical strength, tablets formulated with Omyapharm® can be filled in regular bottles, reducing costs and difficulty of the conditioning process.
 
It’s vital for an increasingly ageing population to maintain bone health for as long as possible. That’s why Omya has developed the bone health complex Omyabone. As a high-purity natural calcium source with 40% bioavailable calcium, Calcipur® 2 - OG is the perfect choice for natural calcium supplementation and osteoporosis treatment. Together with a balanced diet, supplements based on this formulation help contribute to the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for calcium, according to EU specifications. However, it’s not just calcium that is essential for bone health ­– certain vitamins are vital too. Thus, vitamins D3 and K2 are also embedded in the formulation. Both are essential for optimal calcium absorption and deposition into bones, and available through the Omya distribution portfolio.
 
Stefan Lander, Vice President Consumer Goods, Group Sales & Marketing at Omya, explains: “Today’s consumers understand the benefits of preventing rather than curing disease. They are looking for nutritional all-in-one solutions, and so it makes perfect sense to offer functional combinations that meet their needs. The dual role of Omya as a supplier of calcium carbonate and global distributor of specialty ingredients delivers real customer advantages. Thanks to their comprehensive formulation know-how, our experts are able to develop tailored products and prototypes according to individual customer demands.”